This vintage French medal is a beautiful depiction of St. Christopher, the patron saint of travellers. The front of the medal shows St. Christopher carrying the infant Christ on his shoulders. The reverse of the medal has an automobile.
The legend of St. Christopher is that he offered to work at a nearby river, and help travelers across. The fording was dangerous, and many people with less strength had drowned.
One day, a child approached St. Christopher by the river and asked to be helped across, and St. Christopher obliged. However, as he entered midstream, the river rose and the child's weight grew and became extremely heavy. It was only by great exertion that St. Christopher safely delivered the child to the other side.
When St. Christopher asked the child why he was so heavy, the child explained that He was the Christ and when St. Christopher carried Him, he also carried the weight of the whole world on his shoulders. The child then vanished. (source https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=36)
Suspended from a hand fabricated chain of faceted lapis and tiny links of gold filled chain, a painstaking and labor intensive process.
Chain length measures 16", and closes with a lobster claw clasp.
The medal measures 15mm
All metal used is 14k gold filled.
Your medal will ship USPS mail with tracking and will be packaged in a lovely gift box.
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